Athens – Thessaloniki: 3 hours by new train

It is expected that after numerous delays due to technical obstacles, the new TRAINOSE fast trains will soon be on the Athens-Thessaloniki routes.

According to the latest information, the Railway Regulatory Authority (ΡΑΣ) has completed the certification of the new Alstom ETR 470 high-speed trains following an application filed by TRENITALIA, TRAINOSE’s parent company. As noted, delays in the launch of routes have so far been associated with the absence of a gritter in the brake system of trains, which was the main condition for the certification and licensing of new trains of the Greek railway network.

It was expected that ETR470 trains would be launched between Thessaloniki and Athens gradually starting from March 2021, but then the launch of the routes was postponed to June. Since then, in the absence of the required certification, the three wagons that had already arrived in Greece have remained at the TRAINOSE depot in Menemeni (Thessaloniki).

Currently, the ΡΑΣ evaluation team has studied in detail the application for compliance with the train standards ETR 470.001, ETR 470.006 and ETR 470.008.

The initial certification issued by the ΡΑΣ for the ETR 470 train has paved the way based on current legal provisions so that the approval process for the three trains can be completed very quickly.

According to the message, the plenary meeting of the department will proceed with the immediate ratification of permits, and will also authorize the President of the PA, Ioanna Teparikov, to sign and submit all necessary documents to the OSS electronic platform of the European Railways.

The President of ΡΑΣ also stated that the approval process for the four ETR 470s that will serve the country’s railway line has been completed within a reasonable timeframe, and expressed her hope that “railway companies’ investment in Greek railway shares will continue unhindered.”

The ETR 470 can travel at speeds up to 160 km/h and cover the Athens-Thessaloniki distance in about three hours.

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